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Paul Bell wins BBC One’s Big Painting Challenge

Last night’s finale of BBC One’s The Big Painting Challenge saw Glaswegian Paul Bell named as Britain’s best amateur artist.

In the six part series presented by Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon 10 artists were judged by Daphne Todd and Lachlan Goudie in various disciplines from portraits to landscapes. The final four were Bell, Amy Goldring, Claire Parker and Richard Salter with Bell emerging as victor.

Part of the prize is to have your best work displayed at the Tate Gallery and judge Todd said of Bell’s final painting “everyone would want to hang that painting on their wall.” Bell himself said “It’s difficult to put into words about how I feel other than being absolutely delighted to win. It’s the biggest achievement of my career and one that I worked tirelessly to achieve. To have two pieces of my work going to Tate Britain is beyond my wildest dreams.”

There is no word yet on whether there will be a second series of The Big Painting Challenge.





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